Media Release - Australia First Suicide Prevention Hub Now Inviting Submissions

National leadership body, Suicide Prevention Australia, is delighted to welcome The Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt to Sydney today to formally launch The Suicide Prevention Hub. The Suicide Prevention Hub is the first investment made by the Federal Government’s $12 million National Suicide Prevention Research Fund (The Fund).

The  first resource of its kind in Australia, The Hub seeks to drive quality improvements across the suicide prevention sector.

Suicide Prevention Australia Chair said of the new online resource, “When it comes to the lives of people we care about, as an individual who has been personally impacted by suicide, I want to know that to the programs and services on offer are of the highest quality and safety”.

“What I expect from The Hub as it develops is that government, business and communities have a place to go where they know there is a trusted quality marker in terms of what is on offer.”

“This is an opportunity for all of us working to prevent suicide in Australia to come together to ensure continuous improvement in terms of the programs and services available to support more Australians to live.”

The Hub is an online resource supporting communities to find quality, evaluated, suicide prevention programs and services. All programs and services that will gain listing on The Hub will have been independently assessed by expert reviewers.

The Hub provides opportunities to build capacity of organisations to improve their evaluation or program design through mentoring.

BROWSE THE HUB at http://suicidepreventionhub.org.au

HOW WAS THE HUB DEVELOPED?

This is a resource that was demanded by the sector so as to increase the quality of suicide prevention programs and services in this country. Submission criteria and review processes were developed by a diverse group of experts.

The Hub has been developed by Suicide Prevention Australia in partnership with Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and an independent Expert Advisory Group consisting of representatives with knowledge and expertise in lived experience, public health research, clinical research, evaluation, behavioural research and service delivery.

SPA is also working in partnership with other recipients of leadership funding including the University of Melbourne, University of Western Australia Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention, Everymind and Black Dog Institute to support improved knowledge exchange across the sector and best practice models in a collaborative online environment.

WHAT NEXT FOR THE HUB?

Today’s launch is the culmination of a lot of work by many but is just one step in a long journey and sustained focus on quality improvement for all of those working in suicide prevention.

As well as reviewing the process to get the demonstration projects listed on The Hub with the Expert Advisory Group later this month, our focus will be on engaging those running services and programs in the internal evaluation review process needed to prepare for submission to The Hub. Alongside this we will be refining the complementary mentoring program and supporting tools and guidance.

If you have any questions about The Hub, get in touch with the team by emailing [email protected]

Talking about suicide in the media

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24/7 crisis support information

Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au 
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelp.com.au
MensLine 1300 78 99 78 www.mensline.org.au
beyondblue 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
Qlife 1800 184 527  www.qlife.org.au /

For additional services and support visit www.suicidepreventionaust.org and click on the Get Help button.